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The Three Worlds of Ballroom Dance

A breakdown of the differences in social, competitive and exhibition styles within the world of Ballroom Dance. At Paramount Ballroom we cater to each division and see more similarities than differences between these three styles. Call us today to get yo


Date added to ADN: Monday, Aug 13 2018
Originally Published: Monday, Aug 13 2018
By Standford Dance

Social, Competitive, Exhibition- Which one is better?


Yes, that question is intentionally provocative, and is easily answered. All three forms are valid, each enjoyed by their adherents for good reasons. But it's helpful to know how and why they differ from each other. As you'll see in the third section below, it's sometimes essential to know the differences. First, what is Ballroom Dance? "Ballroom dance" refers to traditional partnered dance forms that are done by a couple, often in the embrace of closed dance position ("ballroom dance position"). These include waltz, swing, tango and salsa. "Ballroom dance" is the overall umbrella term, covering all three forms discussed on this page. Social/ballroom dance forms are important. The earliest dance forms ever described in detail (in the 15th century) were partnered social dances. Many of today's performative dance forms, including ballet and jazz dance, evolved from social dance forms that came first. The three worlds of ballroom dance share the same historical roots, similar step vocabulary and music, so the three forms are considered siblings, related by birth. Yes, siblings are known to fight, but they can also be mutually supportive.


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About the Author:

Richard Powers has been teaching historic and contemporary social dance for 40 years. He leads workshops around the world and is currently a full-time instructor at Stanford University's Dance Division.

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